OPINION: showing true grit

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With a flurry of snow on Wednesday night, the first signs of winter were there for all to see.

And as the temperature drops, it appears we are in for some chilling times, which means wrapping up and being prepared to cope.

So we should be reassured that the gritters are at the ready to tackle whatever comes our way.

Bosses are confident they have a big enough grit stockpile to deal with whatever weather crosses their path.

In a city built on seven hills, this is no easy task but they dealt with last winter and have the same stockpile for what lies ahead.

At the same time, extra nurses, more ambulances and longer GP opening hours are planned to avoid a crisis at A&E units.

It is encouraging to read of such planning because it shows the council and health chiefs have looked at previous experiences.

Their help will be invaluable and we are sure they will rise to the challenge.

But what will make the biggest difference is the community spirit which we are confident will come to the fore again.

When the going gets tough, this city gets going, even if it might need the odd push in the snow.

So whether it’s lending a helping hand when a stranger’s car is stuck, doing the shopping for an elderly person or keeping an eye on the vulnerable in your street, we have a part to play in coping with the stresses and strains of a big freeze.

We’ve done it before and we’ll do it again, which is why we should not be fazed by the prospect of plummeting temperatures.

After all ,this is Sheffield, not London, where the mere whiff of snow sparks panic.

This year, we want to know about the heroes who rise to the challenges of winter.

Tell us their stories via our website thestar.co.uk by emailing news@thestar.co.uk or write to us at York Street, Sheffield, S1 1PU.

We’re not saying this winter won’t be challenging, but we’re confident this city’s spirit will see it through.